We spent much of the day making tentative preparations to go into our new temporary headquarters. Leslie from the Elder Services made a visit, bringing us the application forms for the Grenada Hotel. Later, Son Guy made a trip to the hotel, carrying the completed form. Then, he picked up our mail and returned with a mixed review our accomodations. The hotel seems well appointed, full of services, but the room we're to stay in, according to Guy, is much smaller than he expected, not what was advertised to us. While we are grateful for the opportunity, I intend to forward word of his report to Paul at the Red Cross because his organization may be taken for a considerable sum of money. We'll see.
I also dealt with a surprising bill from AT&T which stated we owed them last month's bill. Because I had a counterfoil for the cheque I sent, and because I'd, only yesterday, had occasion to run down recent cheques paid out at my bank, I was able to have AT&T admit their error. Still, the agent informed me that our service had been disconnected, when another agent, last week, had assured me that the line would be held in suspension until our return. This makes at least four snafu's in the last month committed by AT&T. I don't know what's wrong with them.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE: Frank Pierson whose screenplay for DOG DAY AFTERNOON won an Academy Award, who wrote the screenplays for CAT BALLOU and COOL HAND LUKE (nominated for Best Adapted Screenplays), died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 87. At the time of his death, he was working as a writer and consulting producer for the Emmy-winning MAD MEN. He had also written recent episodes of THE GOOD WIFE.
After debuting as a director in THE LOOKING GLASS WAR (1969), Pierson won Emmy's for directing TRUMAN and CONSPIRACY (about the Nazi "Final Solution" Conference). He took home a CableACE Award for CITIZEN COHEN, in which James Woods played the notorious Roy Cohen of Joe McCarthy infame. Pierson was involved with LAKOTA WOMAN: SIEGE AT WOUNDED KNEE (1994).
His screenwriting credits included THE ANDERSON TAPES, PRESUMED INNOCENT, IN COUNTRY, THE HAPPENING and KING OF THE GYPSIES (which he also directed)
Starting in the 1950's, he wrote TV scripts for such series as HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL, ROUTE 66, and NAKED CITY.
Over his career, Pierson served in a wide range of professional organizations and educational facilities. He was president of the Writers Guild of America from 1981-83; 1993-95. Pierson also taught at Sundance Institute summer labs, and was artistic director of the American Film Institute. As late as 2005, he was President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Frank Pierson was one of the few in motion picture arts who stood up for human values and the true American way. We could have used him as we move toward the Apocalypse.
Macresarf1 would write no more this day.
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